2019 College Dux

Posted on December 17, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Dux of the College Rhys Barrow, who achieved an ATAR of 99.25. On achieving this wonderful result, Rhys said ‘I definitely didn’t expect to achieve College Dux, but I am thrilled that all the hard work and effort has paid off. My academic result definitely isn’t an individual achievement, it is the work of many people. There have been so many wonderful teachers, especially in my HSC year that have been helpful and inspiring. I was continually encouraged to aim a little higher, and study a little bit longer, they saw something in me that I was not fully aware of at the time, and I owe a lot to them for helping me achieve to the best of my abilities.

I know a lot of people talk about the Joeys spirit, but it is incredible how a community can help you to achieve your goals. The positive reinforcement from my family, teachers and support of my mates motivated me to strive for better things. Not only in the class room, but in all aspects of College life.’

Rhys has been at Joeys since Year 7, switching to boarding in Years 11 and 12. A joint decision between both he and his parents, Rhys only sees positives about the choice to become a boarder. ‘The routine and structure of boarding and having my class mates and teachers around for guidance, feedback and study assistance has definitely aided in my end results. Whether it was simply a question that need answered or tips on how I could do something better, they were always on hand and happy to help.’

With the family coming together at home for the Christmas holidays, Rhys has said the whole family is ecstatic with his final HSC result, ‘The whole family is really happy for me, mum has been on the phone letting the whole family know. I’ve also had a number of texts from my school mates congratulating me on the achievement throughout the day. 

It is these close bonds with his College mates that he feels personifies his Joeys experience, ‘At Joeys, I always felt part of something bigger. Now that I have finished at Joeys, I look back and realise the importance of the friendships and mates I have made. Mr Sidgreaves said in our graduation speech, that we were one of the most eclectic group of boys he had come across, but at the end of the day we all worked together really well, we formed strong bonds, and this initiative and drive has shone through in not only the classroom, but in such varied ways throughout the College.’

With plans of attending Sydney University in 2020 to study a Bachelor of Commerce, Rhys believes his decision to study economics as an elective in Years 9 and 10, sparked his interest in the subject, and has directly led to his tertiary pursuits.

Wherever Rhys’ future endeavours take him, he is sure to continue to strive for better things.